HCMC Now Offering Pulmonary Rehabilitation for Patients who Struggle to Breathe

CUTLINE – Pictured are the Pulmonary Rehabilitation staff at HCMC.  The program began in April for patients suffering with breathing issues.31

Paris, TN – Patients with frequent breathing challenges now have another option for coping with this condition thanks to a new program launched by Henry County Medical Center. Earlier this year, HCMC began its Pulmonary Rehabilitation program to help those patients who struggle to breathe normally.

Though Pulmonary Rehabilitation, an outpatient treatment, cannot cure lung disease, it can help people make the most of their limited lung function. Pulmonary Rehabilitation’s Phase II program is an exercise and education program designed to enhance quality of life to the highest possible level.

The exercise program is designed just for the patient by his/her physician, with the help of a registered nurse, to help increase independence and understanding of pulmonary dysfunction. Patients who benefit from pulmonary rehabilitation usually suffer from the following conditions: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), emphysema, chronic bronchitis, asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, plus other respiratory diagnoses.

“HCMC has wanted to provide this program to patients for many years, but with the long term effects of COVID-19, it seemed even more imperative to implement this program in the community,” said Pam Hessing, Charge Nurse for the Pulmonary Rehab program.  “We have been working with our medical director, Dr. Carruth, to ensure that we have a program that includes exercise and education for improved quality of life for our patients.”

Exercise sessions are telemetry monitored, and patients are supervised by registered nurses who are certified in advanced cardiac life support. The nurses help patients through each exercise session, talk with them about their concerns and keep them and their physician informed about their individual program.

Benefits to patients who participate in the program are less shortness of breath, improved strength and endurance, and improved quality of life.

Pulmonary rehabilitation is reimbursed by Medicare and most other third-party insurance carriers. All patients must have a written referral from their physician for Pulmonary Rehabilitation. First, patients are scheduled for an evaluation before they begin their exercise sessions, which are two times a week. It is typically an 18-week program for approximately one hour on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Patients may receive up to 36 visits. A physician referral is required. Referrals can be faxed to 731-644-8493. After 18 weeks, an optional Phase III program is available. Phase III costs $25 per month and must be prepaid at the beginning of each month.

HCMC’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation clinic is located in the HCMC Cardiac Rehabilitation Department.  For more information, go to our website at www.hcmc-tn.org.

About Henry County Medical Center
Located in Paris, TN, Henry County Medical Center is a progressive, integrated healthcare organization committed to serving the healthcare needs of Henry County and the adjoining region.  Including a 142-bed hospital and other facilities, the medical center provides a variety of outpatient services, as well as inpatient care. Additionally, HCMC owns and operates 7 provider clinics in various specialties.  Henry County Medical Center is a county-owned and operated nonprofit institution. For more information: www.hcmc-tn.org.